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William Henry Harrison, Barack H. Obama, and Social Networking

"O, what has caused this great commotion, -motion, -motion, Our country through? It is the ball that's rolling on for Tippecanoe and Tyler too." Like the William Henry Harrison campaign of 1840, the Barack Obama campaign has been at the cutting edge of using social networking media. My column for today's Rocky Mountain News, "Twitter and Text Your Way to Victory," looks at innovative use of media in 2008, and in the past. It's mostly based on an interview with Chris Hughes, the 24-year-old wunderkind who is Obama's Director of Online Organizing. I suggest that Obama's brilliant use of social networking was a sine qua non of his victory.

Hoosier:
Frankly, I've never been able to separate my thoughts of the two.
8.28.2008 2:28pm
BGates:
Quite a slur, there, spelling out "Henry". What are you implying?
8.28.2008 4:47pm
Steve H.:
Rather, the Whig media of 1840 was about as much in the tank for Harrison as today's media is for Obama. Just look at the way James Fenimore Cooper, a non-partisan whose views often coincided with the Democrats (who themselves were vastly unlike the Democrat party of today) was smeared by Whig editors such as Park Benjamin and Thurlow Weed--so much so, in fact, that he instituted libel suits against them and won most. Many scary parallels to today.
8.28.2008 5:26pm
Fub:
I, for one, welcome our new Tenskwatawa thwarting, twittering, twine and tar ball rolling overlords.
8.28.2008 5:42pm